Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Why Own A Drill?

Jason called me so excited and nearly out of breath.

"I got it!" he began, "I have finally achieved my entire life goal...I have been longing for this, I have been working for this...since I can remember this has been my dream, and now I have it!"

"You found what? You have been working for what?" I pleaded.

"Just come over right now, and I will show you."

I drove over and Jason was waiting on his porch and was literally bouncing up and down. He took me into his living room and pointed to a huge glass display case sitting in the center of the room.

"There, you see? I am now totally complete."

I looked in the display case and there, under a bright light and laying on polished glass was Jason's purpose for existing. Sitting in front of me was a power drill.

Before you think Jason to be just a sandwich shy of a picnic, think about this: Why would anyone want a drill? I mean really, who really wants to own a drill? Isn't the only point of owning a drill to make a hole?

No one, in their right mind, would view owning a drill as their "point", their mission, their purpose, right? Right? ....right? Well, not so fast. If the only reason to own a drill is to make a hole, who would think a drill is the purpose? Well, you, might.

What is the reason (read "hole" here) you went into business? Your business, your position, your leadership is a drill, not the hole. YOU, are not a hole.

Growing is not a hole...
Bigger is not a hole...
Money is not a hole...
Branding is not a hole...
Power is not a hole...

There are many leaders who have no idea what their hole is supposed to look like, (or even if they should make one) so they make their drill the point.

The hole IS the point, the mission, the purpose. The hole is the WHY!

What shape is your purpose? Is it round, open, deep, allowing for something or someone to fit in, a space for something to happen?

Or have you made your purpose look more like a dysfunctional handgun with no bullets?

   ---Rix done

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The 10 Myths Killing Success: Myth Four - Ability

Myth Four - Ability

This is the Third preview of my new eBook titled 
"The 10 Myths Killing Success.  (and how to defeat them)"

Feel free to share these excerpts with anyone you know who is trying to define success in their own life or business. 
See if any of these myths have stopped you from finding clarity and moving forward:

 Myth Four - Ability

Jeannette looked at me and said, "I want to run another marathon."  
"Another?"  I thought to myself.  How in the world did this girl ever even run one?  I mean, look at her...she was 35 years old, had three kids, and didn't look "fit" at all.  But there she was telling me she wanted to run another one.

Long before most of will ever "do something" we were already capable.  Probably the most deadly words any human can string together is, "I can't".  In fact, most of the great historical failures occurred when someone simply didn't do something.  I know, there is no huge book of "Things Not Done." but trust me, they are all there.  

The amount of energy most of us put in creating reasons why we can't act, move, think, create, finish, start, or succeed would probably light a small city for a month.  The lie here is that somewhere along the way, we became convinced that there must be a tremendous amount of ability, talent, skill - call it what you will - for our own personal success.  

So we settle for the most prevalent slurry of human failure - mediocrity.  

There is no great thing humans have ever accomplished that had to wait on ability to achieve.  Accepting the myth that one must be "able" or fit, or has arrived, means that very little will ever happen in your life.

As Jeanette took a swig from her protein shake, I wondered how a person like her could run a 26.2 mile marathon.  I wondered how she could run a mile. Heck, I couldn't wrap my brain around how she could run at all.  This unlikely marathon runner had no legs.  She ran the entire 26 miles on her hands.

If you believe you need ability to succeed, you have a long wait.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Myths That Kill Success - Myth 6: The Past

This is the  Sixth preview of my new eBook titled 

"The 10 Myths Killing Success (and how to defeat them)"

Myth Six - The Past

Well, not just any old past...YOUR Past.  We all have them.  No one can forget their past.   Some are healthy, some, not so much. 

Indeed, one's experiences do form us, 
                 change us, 
                       shear off the edges, create a few new ones,  
                                leave dents, polish the flat spots, 
                                             create a few scares...and some cuts that just won't heal.
Truly the one thing we all have in common is a past, a history of events, feelings experiences, ups, down, luck, decisions...All collectively called the Past.

Our Past can be a lot like gravity 
For some, the past can be a constant reminder of limitations...weight...and always knowing what would happen if they actually jumped off the edge.  

For others, the past can be like the massive orb in space that when traveled toward with just the right trajectory will sling-shot them off into amazing speed beyond their own limitations.

There is one very interesting and completely amazing decision we all have to make about the is a yes of no decision, a toggle switch, an agreement if you will:
We all can either take the past with us, or leave it where it is.  

That's right, the past has no ability to mobilize on its own.  The past has no legs, no motor, no propeller...nothing.  We either pack it up in our baggage, or we let it the past.

What your past does for you, good or bad, is totally your decision...

Ready to unpack for a while?

Rix Done

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Myths That Kills Success - Myth 5: Entitlement

This is the Fifth  preview of my new eBook titled 
"The 10 Myths Killing Success.  (and how to defeat them)"

Myth Five - Entitlement
Feel free to share these excerpts with anyone you know who is trying to define success in their own life or business. 
See if any of these myths have stopped you from finding clarity and moving forward:

No, this is not a political issue, but a personal maturity problem we all suffer from and it looks like this:
   I have worked really's time for a beer.
   I have been very attentive to my's time for some fun
   I can beat this next level of Angry Birds...I haven't played this for a couple days....
It's also found in one single word:  Deserve
   You deserve luxury...
   I deserve better than that...
   You deserve a break today..

The problem with entitlements is that it trades the BEST for the NOW.  
    I want it NOW...
      I want to feel better NOW
        I  want to spend money NOW!  
          After all, I deserve it NOW!

So we trade the best for whatever physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, sparkly thing impulse we want right now.  And the best?  Well, it gets farther and farther way.  This is not to say we only live for the future, but that living in the notion that one "deserves" momentary pleasure, time wasting, mental stimulation, or any illegitimate expression of anger will destroy the future.

Keeping your dream, your future, your vision in front of you means that one does what is important for that dream, that vision, that future.  Do not live as if anyone, anything, any God, any time, any pleasure OWES you anything.  Live to add value to others keeping your dream in front.  Let NOTHING cloud it.

Look, if we really got what we deserved, I suspect most of us would be a wisp of smoke.